4 people indicted in connection with motel shooting


RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Four people have been accused of killing a man in a Rapid City motel room earlier this month.

The Rapid City Journal reported that Travis Nelson, Tracy Laughlin, William Long and Gilbert Reyna have all been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the April 9 shooting death of 20-year-old Jesus Vance. Nelson and Laughlin remain at large.

Police found Vance shot dead in a room at the South Dakota Rose Inn.

The four suspects also have been charged with assaulting and kidnapping 37-year-old Jake Williams, who was found outside the hotel. According to police reports, the group cut Williams face so badly he needed staples to heal.

Williams was found with methamphetamine, a gun holster and a a magazine. He has been charged with methamphetamine possession.

It’s unclear how the kidnapping and assault may be related to Vance’s death. The Rapid City Journal reported most court documents in the case have been sealed. Police spokesman Brendyn Medina said that the large number of people involved is complicating the case.


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